Thursday 19 September 2019

ASTI joins two other teacher unions to reject public pay deal

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) has rejected the latest public service pay deal.

Members of the secondary teachers union voted by a narrow 51.5pc-48.5pc margin against the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA). The turnout was 64pc.

All three teacher unions have rejected the agreement, but it has been accepted, on aggregate, by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Teachers will benefit from all aspects of the deal as long as they don't take industrial action.

There is no immediate threat of industrial action.

Their main bone of contention is the PSSA's failure to end two-tier pay scales.

Talks have opened between public sector unions and Government officials on the new entrants' pay issue.

Irish Independent

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